Last Minute - Green Christmas Gift Ideas Here are some ideas on how to m ake your holiday For Anyone - Give the gift of an “experience” such m ore sustainable. Rem em ber to get off to a good as a spa visit, tickets to the theatre or a sporting start by taking your reusable shopping bags with you event, or download gift cards for m usic or books. when you head to the stores. For a Friend or Coworker - A good backpack to For the Gardener on Your List - Consider a plant encourage active transportation (it’s hard to walk or or a gift certificate for a garden centre. Go naked bus when you are lugging tonnes of "junk" in both (packaging free) and tuck the gift certificate into a directions). pair of good gardening gloves and tie with a raffia, paper or fabric bow. For the Adults - LED night lights. They are cool to the touch (i.e. safer) and use just pennies a year Give the Gift of Food - A basket of hom em ade worth of electricity. Look for them in local hardware cookies and candy are always a hit with kids and stores. adults alike. Can’t cook, don’t bake ... how about a basket of local and/or fair trade food item s. Forgo For Anyone - “W ind-up” radios and flashlights. Good the usual paper or plastic basket stuffing and stuff em ergency gear for anyone and great for the little the basket with a Christm as tea towel or hand ones. The wind-up feature acts as a built in towel. “autom atic shut-off” that cuts down on the need for parents to creep around in the dark and turn off the How About a Gift That Supports a Cause - Such “what-nots”. as a calender that supports a charity in your area e.g., anim al shelter, or consider Fair Trade item s For the Tweens and Teens - Movie tickets are such as those that can be found at Ten Thousand always a hit. Em pire Theatre tickets are available at Villages and Unicef, or consider “adopting” an anim al Sobey’s stores and can be used for m ovies, the IMAX through the World Wildlife Fund. and concessions. For the Kids - If you are purchasing a gift that For a Fam ily Gift - How About a "Night at the requires batteries, include rechargeable ones as part M ovies" Basket - Tuck gift certificates from the of the gift. local video store into a popcorn bowl or basket filled m icrowave popcorn, popcorn seasoning and theatre For the Little Ones - there are LED night lights and candy like licorice, jujubes, gumm y candy and candy flashlights that regularly cycle through a rainbow of coated chocolates etc. colours. (Note: we have it on good authority that som e are “m agic” - guaranteed to ward off m onsters and other unwanted night creatures) This publication has been developed to support the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour’s Pollution Prevention Plan and the goals of the government- wide sustainable procurement initiative.